Project Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for Marcus Herdener

Project Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for Marcus Herdener

PD Dr. med. Marcus Herdener, head of the Centre for Addictive Disorders and the Addictive Disorders Research Group, has been awarded with a 4-year grant for the project "Boosting and guiding neuroplasticity by combining ketamine with neurofeedback-assisted learning – towards an individualized and integrated pharmacopsychotherapy for cocaine addiction" by the SNSF. The project is dedicated to the investigation of clinical outcomes and the underlying mechanistic neurobiological processes of a synergistic pharmaco- and psychotherapeutic intervention for patients with cocaine addiction. It builds on previous work from the Addictive Disorders research group on cocaine addiction, and combines ketamine-induced glutamatergic changes and neuroplasticity with neurofeedback-guided reward learning. The project will be supported by its collaborators Prof. Fabrizio Esposito (Naples), Prof. Frank Scharnowski (Vienna), and Dr. Niklaus Zoelch (Zürich).